Princely four-year contract: Juve fishes Ramsey
The sparrows have been whistling louder and louder from the rooftops lately, but now the deal is fixed: midfielder Aaron Ramsey will leave FC Arsenal this summer and join Juventus Turin. On Monday evening, the Italian serial and record champions announced the transfer, which should have far-reaching consequences for the two Germans in the squad.
With Ramsey, Arsenal loses one of his faces, as the Welsh man has been putting on his shoes for the Gunners almost uninterruptedly since 2008 (minus two short loans in the 2010/11 season). The midfielder has played 256 Premier League appearances for the Londoners so far, scoring 38 goals. But this summer, after eleven years, it’s over because the midfielder couldn’t agree with the club on a contract extension – which, according to reports, current coach Unai Emery also had his shares in because he didn’t expect the 28-year-old to play a leading role in his plans.
The old lady snaps shut
Juventus is only too happy to help out the 58-time Welsh international, and a contract that is about to expire will save them the obligatory deep grip of the casket in times of an overheated transfer market. The listed club nevertheless published a cost of 3.7 million euros as part of the deal – without specifying where the money is to go.
I will leave Arsenal with a heavy heart after eleven incredible years. Thank you very much.
Aaron Ramsey addressed Gunners fans via Twitter
Either way, Ramsey’s commitment is a bargain for the old lady, who had to beat other top clubs in the scramble for Arsenal’s number eight. This obviously had a very positive effect on the bargaining position of the recruited player in terms of salary: The British public broadcaster “BBC” estimates the future weekly salary at over 450,000 euros.
Consequences for Can and Khedira?
The lavishly endowed four-year contract for the summer newcomer should also have an effect on the situation of Sami Khedira and Emre Can, who are based in the Juve standard system of the 4-3-3 as well as Ramsey in the three midfield positions – and already have stubborn rivals such as Blaise Matuidi, Miralem Pjanic and Rodrigo Bentancur in the scramble for deployment time.
Can have only played six league games over the full distance (nine substitutions, two substitutions), Khedira only one (one substitution, six substitutions) after switching from Liverpool FC – and both have had to heal injuries. Ramsey’s commitment should make the air in the Juve midfield even thinner – if the personnel constellation does not change by then.